Donald E. Wood Jr. also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release during sentencing in U.S. District Court in Montana on Nov. 9. His company, Woody’s Trucking LLC, was sentenced to four years of probation. The judge also levied monetary penalties totaling nearly $1.3 million.
Wood and his company were convicted by a federal jury in May for conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and hazardous materials shipping paper and placarding violations.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG), on Dec. 29, 2012, a driver for Woody’s Trucking transported natural gas condensate — drip gas — from a processing facility in Watford City, N.D., to Custom Carbon Processing Inc. (CCP), a slop-oil processing/recycling company near Wibaux, Mont. The bill of lading that accompanied the shipment identified the product as “slop oil and water,” a nonhazardous substance. However, while the driver was pumping the product from the truck’s front tank into the CCP facility, a fire ignited.
Three CCP employees were seriously injured in the explosion.
DOT-OIG said that following the explosion, Wood directed the driver to place a falsified bill of lading in the burned-out truck to cover up the fact that the company was hauling drip gas without placards. Furthermore, the company did not have insurance coverage for hauling drip gas, investigators said.